Texas teacher suspended for discussing her sexual orientation wi - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Texas teacher suspended for discussing her sexual orientation with students

Posted: Updated:

MANSFIELD, Texas - An elementary school teacher in Mansfield, Texas has been suspended for discussing her sexual orientation with students. 

Stacy Bailey is an art teacher at Charlotte Anderson Elementary school.  Bailey was suspended after multiple complaints came in from parents upset she took the liberty to discuss the topic with the elementary-aged children. 

Bailey has actually been suspended with pay since September but rumors around the suspension caused school officials to address and clarify the suspension. In an email sent out earlier this week, school officials sent out an email saying it's their “general rule not to comment on employee personnel matters” but misinformation about Bailey’s personnel matter "has created disruption to the Charlotte Anderson Elementary School educational environment.”

The district stated that while the do have a nondiscrimination policy, they did not suspend Bailey for choosing to include LGBTQ language in her classroom, rather, they said they were concerned Bailey “insists that it is her right and that it is age appropriate for her to have ongoing discussions with elementary-aged students about her own sexual orientation, the sexual orientation of artists, and their relationships with other gay artists.”

The district also said they support that “parents have the right to control the conversation with their children, especially as it relates to religion, politics, sex/sexual orientation, etc.”

After meeting with Bailey multiple times to voice concerns from parents, “Ms. Bailey refused to follow administration’s directions regarding age-appropriate conversation with students,” according to the school district.

Bailey's attorney has released this statement: "For Stacy, this entire ordeal began when she spoke with the students about her family which, for Stacy, included her wife," the statement said. "The District appears to speak for Stacy when it states that she 'insists it is her right and that it is age appropriate' to discuss matters including ongoing discussions about her own sexuality. This is absolutely false. Further, she never received directives to change her behavior--and never refused to follow any directive...The fact is that she was placed on leave after years of exemplary work based on a single parent complaint."

At a meeting held Tuesday night, nearly three dozen people showed up in support of Bailey. 

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Police impersonator attempts to pull over Spokane woman

    Police impersonator attempts to pull over Spokane woman

    Monday, September 17 2018 8:45 PM EDT2018-09-18 00:45:37 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. - "He told me to pull over, and my jaw just dropped," a Spokane woman, who says a fake police officer tried to pull her over, doesn't want to be named. In fear, this could happen again. "It really scared me and kind of threw me off that night. I don't even want to drive by myself anymore," she said. She tells me that she was driving around North Spokane at night on her way home from work. 

    >>

    SPOKANE, Wash. - "He told me to pull over, and my jaw just dropped," a Spokane woman, who says a fake police officer tried to pull her over, doesn't want to be named. In fear, this could happen again. "It really scared me and kind of threw me off that night. I don't even want to drive by myself anymore," she said. She tells me that she was driving around North Spokane at night on her way home from work. 

    >>
  • Report: Olympia woman refuses to pull over for WSP trooper because she drives a Prius

    Report: Olympia woman refuses to pull over for WSP trooper because she drives a Prius

    Monday, September 17 2018 1:45 PM EDT2018-09-17 17:45:44 GMT

    MARYSVILLE, Wash. - An Olympia woman wouldn't pull over for a Washington State Patrol trooper because she drives a Prius, according to an arrest report.

    >>

    MARYSVILLE, Wash. - An Olympia woman wouldn't pull over for a Washington State Patrol trooper because she drives a Prius, according to an arrest report.

    >>
  • Man accused of assault after putting wife with dementia on leash

    Man accused of assault after putting wife with dementia on leash

    Tuesday, September 18 2018 10:40 AM EDT2018-09-18 14:40:20 GMT

    A Maryland man is facing a simple assault charge after using a dog leash to lead his wife around a Pennsylvania fair because she has late-stage dementia.    West Manchester police say Walter Wolford yanked the 8-inch long red nylon leash, causing his wife's head to jerk back and leave red marks around her throat. But the 66-year-old Hagerstown man says he only gently tugged on the leash, which he uses to keep his wife from getting lost.    

    >>

    A Maryland man is facing a simple assault charge after using a dog leash to lead his wife around a Pennsylvania fair because she has late-stage dementia.    West Manchester police say Walter Wolford yanked the 8-inch long red nylon leash, causing his wife's head to jerk back and leave red marks around her throat. But the 66-year-old Hagerstown man says he only gently tugged on the leash, which he uses to keep his wife from getting lost.    

    >>
HD DOPPLER 6i
/
  • Top Stories from KHQHomeMore>>

  • Trump: Declassified Russia probe papers expose ‘bad things’

    Trump: Declassified Russia probe papers expose ‘bad things’

    Tuesday, September 18 2018 10:56 PM EDT2018-09-19 02:56:34 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump is flexing his executive power to declassify secret documents in the Russia investigation, an extraordinary move he says will ensure that “really bad things” at the FBI are exposed.

    >>

    WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump is flexing his executive power to declassify secret documents in the Russia investigation, an extraordinary move he says will ensure that “really bad things” at the FBI are exposed.

    >>
  • North Carolina gov pleads with storm evacuees to be patient

    North Carolina gov pleads with storm evacuees to be patient

    Tuesday, September 18 2018 10:50 PM EDT2018-09-19 02:50:40 GMT

    WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) - North Carolina's governor is pleading with thousands of Hurricane Florence evacuees to be patient and not return home just yet.    Wilmington is still mostly an island surrounded by floodwaters, and people are waiting for hours for handouts of necessities like food.    Gov. Roy Cooper told a news conference Tuesday is was hard for residents to leave home, and it's even harder for them to wait to go back.

    >>

    WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) - North Carolina's governor is pleading with thousands of Hurricane Florence evacuees to be patient and not return home just yet.    Wilmington is still mostly an island surrounded by floodwaters, and people are waiting for hours for handouts of necessities like food.    Gov. Roy Cooper told a news conference Tuesday is was hard for residents to leave home, and it's even harder for them to wait to go back.

    >>
  • Former WSU Volleyball player files official complaint against Jason Gesser

    Former WSU Volleyball player files official complaint against Jason Gesser

    Tuesday, September 18 2018 9:59 PM EDT2018-09-19 01:59:44 GMT

    A former volleyball player for Washington State University says Jason Gesser made sexual advances toward her during a charity event for the athletic department. "I thought I did something wrong, I thought that I could hurt their family," said Alyssa Wold-Bodeau. "So I chose to hide it, I chose to bury it, and I thought if it was just me and I only knew about it I could just deal with it and move on to protect them." Wold- Bodeau told the Spokesman-Review that Ges...

    >>

    A former volleyball player for Washington State University says Jason Gesser made sexual advances toward her during a charity event for the athletic department. "I thought I did something wrong, I thought that I could hurt their family," said Alyssa Wold-Bodeau. "So I chose to hide it, I chose to bury it, and I thought if it was just me and I only knew about it I could just deal with it and move on to protect them." Wold- Bodeau told the Spokesman-Review that Ges...

    >>